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Malenco Valley, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy
Asbestos is a name used for fine fibrous (asbestiform) forms of (usually) amphibole or serpentine (chrysotile). The fibrous amphibole may be (for example) anthophyllite, tremolite, actinolite or crocidolite.
See also Mountain Leather, Mountain Paper, Mountain Cork, Mountain Wood.
Classification of Asbestos
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Other Names for Asbestos
|Health Warning:||The fibres and dust can cause serious lung conditions if inhaled. Any handling of material containing asbestos should be done only by those who are trained and properly equipped in its handling and disposal.|
Collectors who have small samples of asbestos are advised to keep them in sealed plastic boxes where there are, of course, perfectly safe.
References for Asbestos
Cavallo, Gregory J. (1989) X-ray Investigation of "Mountain Leather", Canadian Mineralogist, v. 27, p. 237-239.
Internet Links for Asbestos
Localities for Asbestos
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